Ruth Amos

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Ruth Amos
Born (1989-12-13) December 13, 1989 (age 27)
Residence Sheffield, England
Nationality British
Alma mater Eckington School
Occupation Owner, StairSteady Ltd

Ruth Amos (born 1989) is a British entrepreneur and inventor of the StairSteady.

The StairSteady is an aid to enable people with limited mobility to use their stairs confidently and safely.[1] Amos designed it as part of a GCSE resistant materials project as a response to her teacher’s challenge to design an aid for people with limited mobility to use their stairs.[1] She was prompted to do this as the father of one of her teachers had recently had a stroke.[2] Her product was launched in April 2008 at Naidex,[2] a national healthcare show, and StairSteady ltd started trading September 2008.

Amos won the 2006 Young Engineer of the Year award in Britain with her idea.[2] She was also picked as the youngest ever of Britain's "Heroines For Hard Times" 35 women under 35 by Management Today,[3][4][5] Derbyshire Young Achiever 2006,[6] she was the first ever Women of the Future "YoungStar" award winner,[7] and she was listed on the Yorkshire 42 under 42 in May 2010.[8]


  1. ^ a b Claire Ellicott (14 November 2009). "Teenage girl on stairlift to millions after stumbling on handrail idea for a GCSE project". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Geoff Adams-Spink (1 May 2008). "Young engineer launches stair aid". BBC. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ Emma De Vita (June 28, 2009). "Young, gifted and in the hot seat". London: The Sunday Times. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ Tom Davies (3 June 2010). "Making It Happen: Ruth Amos". Greenbelt. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ "StairSteady gives a helping hand up stairs". Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ Report of the Chief Executive (pdf), Derbyshire County Council, September 18, 2007, retrieved February 16, 2011 
  7. ^ "Our Story". Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Sponsors & Winners". Insider Media. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 

External links[edit]